11 October

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Tuesday 11 October
BFX CORE Presentations – Visual Effects


 Description of talk
 Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances Ian Livingstone is no longer able to attend BFX.  We have therefore moved the start time for BFX CORE to 10am on Tuesday 11th October
Key Note

Mike Wilmore

Dean Faculty of Media & Communications
Bournemouth University 

Mike Wilmore

Professor Michael Wilmore’s academic career spans more than twenty-five years, several disciplines, and positions both in the UK and Australia. He has held posts as Associate Dean (Learning Innovation) at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, and Associate Dean (Education) at the University of Adelaide, initially in the Department of Anthropology, but for the majority of time in the Department of Media, including more than three years as Head of Department.

Mike’s experience in university leadership encompasses extensive work on curriculum development, information and communication technology projects, collaborations with industry and other education providers, as well as finance and workload management.

He has been an active researcher on a number of projects funded through competitive research grants. Each has involved extensive interdisciplinary and industry collaborations, ranging from media organisations in Nepal to the antenatal department of a large hospital. His research interests primarily concern development and health communication, but he has also completed educational research and a project on fieldwork practices in archaeology, which was his first area of study as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter.

Professor Mike Wilmore
Dean Faculty of Media & Communications
Bournemouth University

Industrial Light and Magic


StarwarsStar Wars: The Force Awakens - ‘Blending Practical and cutting-edge digital effects for Star Wars : The Force Awakens’

An overview of ILM’s work on Episode VII with a more detailed look at the work carried out by ILM London. Our speakers are Mike Mulholland, who supervised ILM London’s work on Episode 7 (and is also a Bournemouth University NCCA graduate to boot) and Kevin Jenkins Supervising Art Director at ILM.

ILM opened its London studio in 2014 with Creative Director, Ben Morris, and Executive in Charge of Production, Sue Lyster, at the helm. With increasing numbers of blockbuster films shooting in the U.K., the London studio was a natural step in ILM’s global expansion. Opening with a slate of films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Spectre, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the new studio immediately rose to the challenge and has been turning out awe-inspiring imagery ever since.

Mike Mulholland, VFX Supervisor

Kevin Jenkins, Supervising Art Director.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Zootroplis and Moana

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937′s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013′s Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations areCinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and the upcoming feature Zootopia.



Bruce Wright – Effects Artist
Blue Sky 


BlueSkyIce Age: Collision Course

Blue Sky Studios is an American computer animation film studio based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Blue Sky Studios latest film “Ice Age: Collision Course” featured many look development challenges. This presentation will showcase a wide variety of custom Compositing solutions and requisite tool development employed to achieve our Director’s vision. Most notably Nuke’s particle system was extended which enabled a more advanced, and complimentary workflow between FX and Lighting/Compositing departments. This furthered an ongoing convergence of live-action VFX and animation technique, increasing the quality of our overall aesthetic and capacity toward future filmmaking. Ari Rubenstein will be discussing Particle FX in Compositing and its application with look development.

Ari Rubenstein
Dave McKean  

Dave Mckean Black Dog coverThe Work of Dave McKean

Dave McKean was born in Taplow, Berkshire in 1963. He attended Berkshire College of Art and Design from 1982-86 and, before leaving, started working as an illustrator.

In 1986 he met author Neil Gaiman with whom he has collaborated on many projects since. Their first book, Violent Cases (1987), has been printed in many editions worldwide, and adapted for the stage. Since then they have produced Black Orchid (1988), Signal To Noise (1990) for The Face magazine and Mr. Punch (1975). Dave has contributed all the cover illustrations and design for the popular Sandman series of graphic novels, and a collection of this work, Dust Covers, was published in 1998. A second collection of Sandman related work Dream States was released in 2014.

Arkham Asylum (1989) written by Scottish author/playwrite Grant Morrison, still the single most successful graphic novel ever published, was also illustrated by Dave. 1995 saw collaborations with the Rolling Stones (The Voodoo Lounge), and Rachel Pollack (The Vertigo Tarot).

Dave is currently working on the film of Wolf’s Child, a book of paintings and drawings inspired by silent cinema (Nitrate), new books by Gaiman and Almond, new graphic novel projects (Caligaro for Abrams publishing, and Broken with artist Roger Dean), and a new book and music performance commission for the Imperial War Museum, 14-18Now Foundation and LICAF called Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash.

He lives on the Isle of Oxney in Kent, England with his wife and studio manager Clare. His daughter Yolanda is a painted a lives and works in Edinburgh, and his son is a dancing physicist, studying in Southampton. Dave sleeps occasionally.

Dave McKean
The Mill

Chemical_Brothers_Wide_Open_4Nowhere to hide: The see-through visual effects of Chemical Brothers ‘Wide Open’

The Mill is a world-leading, global content creation studio with a talented team based in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
For over 26 years The Mill has collaborated with clients to bring brave ideas to life across VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries.
The Mill prides itself on forming partnerships with the world’s best agencies, ground-breaking directors, creative companies and visionary brands built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies.
The Mill is consistently recognized by peers and clients for delivering outstanding work and has earned the most prestigious industry awards including, Cannes Gold Lions, an array of D&AD Pencils, APA’s, British Arrows, AICP’s, CLIOS and VES Statues to name a few.


Sih Harrington-Odedra (CG Lead) joined The Mill in 2006, and is a CG Lead in the London studio.Most recently Sid led the multi-award winning promo, Chemical Brothers ‘Wide Open’ as Shoot Supervisor and LG’s ‘World of Play’ featuring Jason Statham.

He has also worked on a range of high profile commercials including
BBC’s pan-channel broadcast of ‘God Only Knows’, bringing together 27 world-renowned artists for an extra-ordinary re-working of The Beach Boy’s classic song.

Other 3D credits include working on the Activision; Call of Duty ‘Ghosts’ in-game cinematic sequence, the award winning Axe ‘Chocolate Man’ (Gold at Cannes Lions), Brylcreem ‘Effortless’, which was honoured with an APA Diamond and a yellow pencil at the D&AD’s, and the multi award winning Nike ‘The Next Level’ commercial directed by Guy Ritchie.

Sid studied at Escape Studios and has a BA in 3D Animation from Swansea Metropolitan University.

Tuesday Evening Screening
7.30pm – 10pm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order.

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**Please note whilst we will do our best to adhere to the timings and content of the programme , these are subject to change at the organisers discretion.  We advise you to check the timetables within the venue on arrival for an up to date schedule  **